It’s always been difficult making a living as an author. Now it’s harder than ever. The Median annual income from writing of a professional author in the UK is £10,500 a year, down 42% in real terms since 2005!
There are many reasons, which I shall be going into over the next few weeks.
One reason is people like the Internet Archive Open Library. I just searched their site with my name and 14 titles came up. These titles are available to borrow for free. They never asked me if it was okay and they certainly don’t intend to pay for the priveledge.
They claim they want to make – “all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.”
That’s fine for hippies, but as far as I’m concerned, they can pay for the honour being so generous.
Why on earth would anyone spend years of their life creating work for any old internet hacker to come along and steal it – for that is what is going on here – plain theft, robbery, piracy. The Internet Archive are a bunch of thieves and need to go to jail for stealing.
Each book has a contract page that usually says something like “You may not copy or distribute this work in any form.” That’s pretty simple to understand.
Look at their supporters! Complicit in illegal activity! I’m sure they don’t mean to be, but they are aiding and abetting theft on a huge scale
If they are getting funding, they can share some of that with the owners of the content they are stealing.
Recent foundation funding generously provided by::
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Council on Library and Information Resources
- Democracy Fund
- Federal Communications Commission Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)
- Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
- Knight Foundation
- Laura and John Arnold Foundation
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities
- National Science Foundation
- The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation
- The Philadelphia Foundation
- Rita Allen Foundation
As you can see below, my books haven’t been borrowed a lot, but many other authors have and it is not right or just. There is a principle at stake here and the Authors Guild of America
I have sent a cease and desist email and hope that when next you search my name in the Internet Archive – nothing comes up – or better still, the whole site has been closed down and the owners are in jail awaiting sentence.